Bruce Davey, Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein
and Jan Korbelin Serve as Executive Producers,
with John Badham Directing
Turner Network Television (TNT) is kicking drama into high gear with a new Original movie based on the amazing life of iconic daredevil EVEL KNIEVEL. George Eads (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) stars in the title role, with Jaime Pressly (Torque) as his wife. Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Fred Dalton Thompson (Law & Order) also star. Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges (We Were the Mulvaneys, Without Warning: The James Brady Story) plays Knievel's supportive father-in-law in this dramatic story set to premiere on TNT in a special three-play weekend Friday, July 30, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT); Saturday, July 31, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT); and Sunday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
EVEL KNIEVEL comes to TNT from Icon Productions and Jaffe/Braunstein Films, Ltd., in association with ApolloProScreen. Bruce Davey serves as executive producer and Nancy Cotton as producer for Icon Productions; Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein serve as executive producers for Jaffe/Braunstein Films, Ltd.; Jan Korbelin serves as executive producer for ApolloProScreen; and Clara George serves as producer. John Badham (Bird on a Wire, Saturday Night Fever) directed the movie with a teleplay by Jason Horwitch, from the book Evel Incarnate: The Life and Legend of Evel Knievel by Steve Mandich.
Robert Craig Knievel, aka Evel Knievel, began his daredevil career in 1965, forming a troupe called Evel Knievel's Motorcycle Daredevils. He barnstormed the United States, performing automobile and motorcycle stunts for anyone who would pay him. Within three years, he attempted to jump 151 feet across the fountains in front of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. While the jump was successful, his landing was a disaster, and his injuries put him in a coma for a month.
It wasn't long before Knievel was a household name and his stunts were drawing record crowds. In 1971, Knievel set a World Record in Ontario, Calif., by jumping 19 cars, but his most famous jump was still ahead of him. In September 1974, Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho, a quarter-mile stretch over a raging river. During his jump, strong winds pulled his malfunctioning parachute back, landing Knievel on the canyon floor just feet from the river. Knievel retired from major performances in 1980.
Eads currently stars as Nick Stokes on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and has co-starred in such other series as ER, Grapevine and Savannah. His television movie credits include the TNT Originals Monte Walsh, with Tom Selleck, and Second String, with Jon Voight. Eads also co-starred in such television movies as The Ultimate Lie, Crowned and Dangerous, The Spring and Just a Walk in the Park.
In addition to serving as spokesmodel for Liz Claiborne, actress-model Pressly has co-starred in such feature films as Torque, Not Another Teen Movie, Ticker and Joe Dirt. She will soon be seen in the Joel Silverman comedy Death to the Supermodels, which she also produced. On television, Pressly has starred in such series as Push and Jack & Jill, as well as the made-for-TV movie Best Actress. She has also made guest appearances on Silk Stalkings, Charmed, The Twilight Zone, Becker, Punk'd and Happy Family.
Bridges has won Emmys for his performances in The Second Civil War, Without Warning: The James Brady Story and The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. He also earned Emmy nominations for his performances in We Were the Mulvaneys, Hidden in America, TNT's Kissinger & Nixon, The Sand Kings and P.T. Barnum. His additional television credits include starring roles in the series The Agency and Harts of the West. Bridges' feature film credits include Norma Rae, The Other Side of the Mountain, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Hotel New Hampshire, Married to It, Heart Like a Wheel and The Landlord. Bridges recently completed production on the feature films Rose and the Snake, with Daniel Day-Lewis, and Smile, with Sean Astin.